Tag Archive | glass

Brew’in up a few Witches

This months Ornament Thursday topic is Brew.  So I brewed up a few witches for your viewing pleasure.  Glass witches that is.  I want to share with you how I started on my journey of witches.  I asked my girlfriends to brain storm with me on new ideas for sculptural beads.  They came up with a range of things, none of them sticking to my creative side.  Then one of them put “witch” out there.

At the time I was pretty young in my lampworking days and just didn’t know how I would go about making such a piece in glass.  So I searched for tutorials on one of my favorite lampworking sites lampwork Etc.  I didn’t find a witch, but I did find a goddess tutorial by  Sarah J Schalken.

I studied her tutorial and spent about three days working on my new witch design, and suddenly she was born.  An excellent example of taking someone elses instruction and making it your own.


See all the other Ornament Thursday particiapnats here:

Art Bead Scene
Jennifer’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Bracelet

BeadStyle & Milwaukee’s heritage
Linda shares her Amber Bock Bracelet

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
New Beads are Brewing…

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble…
Joolz by Lisa has a “Hairy” Twist on OT Brew

It’s not easy being green
Michelle yearns to be the Wicked Witch of the West – we think she’s hit pay dirt here.

Strands of Beads
Something wicked is brewing at Melissa’s place

Swelldesigner
Alexa stirs it up with this retro witch wall hanging!

A bit on the late side, but here is 99 cent Friday.

I don’t know what happened on Friday, but clearly I was busy doing something else, as I totally forgot to post 99 cent Friday!  But never fear, there are still four more days to get your bidding in.  I just love these, the look like they glow.

Back to School – Make your own Pencils!

It’s back to school time. Labor Day always marked the return to school from summer vacation when I was growing up. I was always excited to get back to school, for all the right reasons of course. You know, new school supplies, new clothes, and of course seeing my friends regularly.

So when this months topic for Ornament Thursday was announced to me, Academia, my first thought was freshly sharpened pencils. I know, I’ll make little glass pencils. Wouldn’t they make great teacher gifts?

So I set out to make some and here is my progression:

Of course, I had to choose the colors. I use Bullseye glass, so I picked, regular pink for the eraser, pumpkin for the pencil, and nougat for the tip.

I first wrapped a bit of pink around the mandrel, for the eraser:

Then, the pumpkin for the pencil. I rolled it out, smoothing it on the marver:

Then I added the tip, marvering at a angle to make it pointed:

Then I added just a bit more pumpkin to the pencil part and rolled it out all nice and smooth again. This is what it looked like right before I put it into the kiln.

And, this is the finished product, ready for glamor shots.:

Then of course they need a jewelry designer to make them into something. So what did I do? I sent them off to JoolzbyLisa. She has a post on how she transformed these little gems into adorable jewelry. Click here.

So now you have the tools on how to make pencils and I have just directed you on where to go for info to make them into jewelry gems. But, if you are not a lampworker and want pencils, go here to see some in my etsy store, or contact JoolzbyLisa for pencils made into jewelry.

Check out all the other Ornament Thursday Blogs:

Art Bead Scene & The Golden Rule
The Art Bead Scene editor shares a few words of wisdom for jewelry designers.

Check out the “homework” project from Joolz by Lisa
A collab effort works out great when you plan ahead

BeadStyle goes back to school
Lindsay Haedt’s on her way to the classroom, but not before Linda shares one of her recent designs

Beading Help Web Wires Up Academia
Lynn Kvigne to read! While you can easily use a scrap of paper or an old magazine subscription card for a bookmark, why not whip up a stylish book mark instead?

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
Cindy’s learned how to Mail!

Michelle’s Edumacation
Michelle has yet another go at decorating Helen’s workstation, this month, less scary than last but oh, so funky

Swelldesigner goes crazy over school supplies!
Alexa shows you how to turn pencil grips into ultra funky accessories

First Day
Michelle’s School Book – it’s academic!

Customer gallery on the website

Hello my dear jewelry designers. As most of you know I am not a jewelry designer. I rarely, if ever make any of my beads into jewelry. I will for my mom and so I can wear a piece of my own work, but It isn’t something I get around to even when I think I want to. There are only so many hours in a day you know.

So I have decided to add a customers gallery page to my website. I have not gotten the page up, as I don’t have any pictures yet. It will likely go right under my own gallery page. What I would like to do, is get photos from you, of pieces of jewelry you have made from my beads. I would then like to link that picture back to your website, etsy store, ebay store, or where ever it is you sell you work.

So go ahead and email me Deanna @ chase-designs.com with your photo, business name and where to link it to and I’ll do the rest. 🙂